Glenn Yarbrough, a singing voice silenced

Glenn Yarbrough back in the day.
Glenn Yarbrough back in the day.

Glenn Yarbrough, a founding member of The Limeliters folk group and a solo singer with hits in the 1960s and 70s. died in Nashville   Saturday.

Before you ask “Glenn who?” or “The Lime what? ” you probably heard Yarbrough’s smooth voice in his hit “Baby The Rain Must Fall” or read about folk music hits like “A Dollar Down and a Dollar A Week” of “There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonight” from the folk era of the late 50s and early  60s.

Yarbrough attended St. John’s College in Annapolis in the 50s and roomed with Jac Holzman, who would later start Electra Records, the label that launched Yarbrough’s career in 1957 with the album, “Here We Go Baby.”

At a bar in Aspen, he joined with Alex Hassilev and Lou Gottleib in 1959 to form The Limeliters and they launched their musical career with an album in 1960.

Yarbrough went out on his own in 1963 and recorded “Baby the Rain Must Fall” in 1965,  his best selling single.  It was also the title song of a Steve McQueen movie.

I interviewed and photographed Yarbrough in St. Louis is the 70s.  He continued to tour and record, sometimes in reunions with The Limeliters, until he turned 80, when he agreed to have surgery on his larynx in 2010 but he suffered a heart attack, underwent a tracheotomy and went on a ventilator.  He never sang in public again.


Yarbrough performing “Baby the Rain Must Fall”


The Limeliters in a reunion concert in 1981 in New York.

One Response to Glenn Yarbrough, a singing voice silenced

  1. Glenn, I’ll always think of you as that sweet stocky man with that Oh So beautiful voice ! First got your late 60’s albums and into the 70’s, know them all by heart. You have a front row now with all the Angelic Voices that have left us mere mortals behind ! God rest, dear Glenn.

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